Children's Art and Creativity

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." - Pablo Picasso
Over the weekend I visited a local exhibit of school art. The children who had artwork displayed ranged from Kindergarten to Grade 12. In a refreshing way this exhibit inspired me to see the personal expression that progresses during a child school years. In another way it also reinforced what society's definition is of what being a good artist is. As I walked through the exhibit from the youngest artists to the oldest you could see a transition from free style scribbling and writing in painting, drawing to photo-realistic renderings. The artwork from the older students lacked the naivety and the spontaneity that was captured from the young artists.

Translated on a larger scale are society and our education system teaching us to lose our creativity? We stigmatize mistakes. Kids will take a chance and are not frightened with being wrong. If you are not prepared to be wrong you will not be able to be innovative. This means we are losing our creativity.

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity. Take a look.


Sarah August 9, 2010 at 9:05 PM  

wow, these kids are talented!

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